Vetter Mounting Brackets
Much confusion exists concerning Vetter mounting brackets:

I will try to straighten things out. For the fourteen year period that Windjammers were made, the mounting area on the fairing stayed the same. That means that a bracket made for a 1971 BMW for the first Windjammer of 1971 will accept the last Windjammer made in 1982.

Because motorcycle manufacturers would make subtle changes in their frames, a bracket for a 1975 bike might not fit a 1976 version of the same bike. When you search for a bracket to fit your bike - EBAY being the easiest - it is safest to stay with your year and model.

Now, here is the bad news: Only the most popular brackets like CB750 or GL1000 had names stamped into them. This means most brackets have no identifying marks whatsoever. This is frustrating because there is no way to identify a bracket once it is away from its bike.

There were no drawings made of the brackets. The first bracket was made on a motorcycle, painted orange (to identify them as "Master Parts" ) and a jig was made from it. then production batches of brackets were made from that jig. As I recall, as batches of, say, 1978 CX500 brackets were produced, they were packed in boxes with the rest of the parts that made up a kit. After that, there was no way to identify that bracket.

I told you it was frustrating.

The solution? Buy the bracket that came off the bike you want. Or, you can make your own bracket. People are beginning to do just this - putting Windjammers on current bikes. Perhaps one of you will start a tidy little business producing brackets to put Windjammers on bikes. There is a need.

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Windjammer, Vindicator & Kawasaki brackets: All Windjammers (and Vindicator fairings and Kawasaki fairings) used the same hardware and windshields. "Kawasaki Fairings" are color-matched Vindicator fairings. Kawasaki Fairings' serial numbers began with K32. In other words, any Windjammer or Vindicator or Kawasaki (made by Vetter) fairing will fit any bike with a Vetter Windjammer bracket on it. Any Vetter Windjammer windshield will fit any of these fairings.

Vindicator and Kawasaki Fairings were made in Windjammer tooling without the Leading Edge Lights, thus we were able to sell them for less money. This meant, however, that special, additional Vindicator turn signal mounts - steel stampings - were needed to install the bike's original factory installed turn signals. We have acquired a number of NOS (New Old Stock) Vindicator'Kawasaki turn signal mounts. See them on our Company Store Page.

In the 1970s, many fairing companies appeared. Most copied the Windjammer, adding a little bump here and there. All used Vetter-style hardware. Most didn't bother to make their own mounting brackets. They simply directed their customer to us for brackets. Therefore, there are a lot of Vetter brackets out there.

As far as I know, the last Windjammer hardware was produced sometime in the early 80s. Hardware can be found on EBAY. Just type in Vetter. There is no reason that a Windjammer could not be fitted to any modern motorcycle. If you like, I'll publish mounting guidelines.

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Quicksilver brackets: Are different from the above line of fairings. The Quicksilver was a smaller fairing, made mostly for 400cc sized bikes. But, each bracket was made specifically for a particular year and make motorcycle. There is no Interchangeability between bikes. To be safe, see the bracket on the bike you think you are buying it for..

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Rooster, Windstar, Sting fairings: I know nothing about those fairings since they were designed by somebody else and made after I sold the company.

Updated Nov 10, 2008
craig@craigvetter.com
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